Monday, October 15, 2018


The MLB postseason is here, and this year, the Milwaukee Brewers have made it to the National League Championship Series!  The Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs to win the National League Central Division.  They then went on to beat the Colorado Rockies in the National League Division Series.  They will be facing LA Dodgers for a chance to play in the World Series.  We wish them the best of luck as they continue their postseason journey!

 To help you cheer on the Brew Crew, here are a few books on baseball and/or the Brewers.

Brewers Books:
If These Walls Could Talk by Bill Schroeder
From the Braves to the Brewers
100 Things Brewers Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die by Tim Haudricourt
Bench Jockey: Stories About the Milwaukee Brewers by Jim Cryns
Brewers Essential by Tim Haudricourt
Baseball in Beertown by Todd Mishler

Baseball Books:
Baseball, a Celebration! by James Buckley
Baseball's Natural: the Story of Eddie Waitkus by John Theodore
A History of Baseball in 100 Objects by John Leventhal
Mickey and Willie: Mantle and Mays: the Parallel Lives of Baseball's Golden Age by Allen Barra
The DiMaggios by Thomas Clavin
Clemente: the Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero by David Maraniss

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Monday, October 8, 2018


In honor of our new addition, I thought it would be fun to list some books that feature libraries in their stories.  We will be closed October 8-21 to move into the new addition, and these books can help you get your library fix while we are closed.

Adult Fiction:
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger
The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
Public Library and Other Stories by Ali Smith

Children's Fiction:
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
Library Lil by Suzanne Williams
The Forbidden Library by Djano Wexler
The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara
The Library Card by Jerry Spinelli
It's Library Day by Janet Morgan Stoeke
D.W.'s Library Card by Marc Brown
Curious George Visits the Library by Margaret Rey
The Not So Quiet Library by Zachariah O'Hora
Amelia Bedelia's First Library Card by Herman Parish

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Monday, October 1, 2018


On October 22, the Antemeridians Book Club will meet to discuss The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis.  Fiona Davis is the author of three novels, her most recent work was published in August 2018.

The Dollhouse - This novel takes place in the 1950s at the Barbizon Hotel for Women located in New York City.  The hotel was a place for aspiring young women to live while they pursued careers as models, secretaries, and editors.  Darby McLaughlin is one of the women living at the hotel during this time while she attends secretarial school.  Years later, the Barbizon Hotel is turned into a condo.  Rose Lewin is one of the residents of at the condo as is Darby.  Rose learns about a rumor regarding a deadly incident with a hotel maid and Darby back in the 1950s.  As Rose investigates the story, neither she nor Darby will remain untouched as the truth comes to light.

The Address - This book alternates between the 1880s and 1980s.  After a failed apprenticeship, Sara Smythe has a chance encounter with Theodore Camden, one of the architects of the new apartment house in New York: The Dakota.  This encounter leads Sara to a job as the female manager of the building.  We also meet Bailey Camden, Theodore's granddaughter, as she tries to start over after her stay in rehab.  Bailey's cousin offers to let her oversee the renovation of one of the apartments of the Dakota, the room where Theodore Camden had lived and died after suffering multiple stab wounds.  Eventually, Bailey will discover information that could change everything she thought she knew about her grandfather and the woman who killed him.

The Masterpiece - This work takes place in New York City at the Grand Central Terminal.  In the late 1920s, Clara Darden is teaching at the Grand Central School of Art; she is a talented illustrator, but she lives in a time when the public does not approve of women artists.  However, no one is prepared for the Great Depression and its power to destroy the art scene.  About fifty years later, the terminal has fallen into decline, and it is at the center of a lawsuit.  Should this building be saved and preserved, or torn down?  While this is going on, Virginia Clay takes a job at the information booth and encounters the abandoned art school inside the terminal.  She sets out to find the artist of the unsigned masterpiece found hidden under dust, and finds herself drawn into the battle to save Grand Central and to learn more about Clara Darden.

If you are a fan of Fiona Davis' work, then you may also like one of these novels:

Three-Martini Lunch by Suzanne Rindell
Searching for Grace Kelly by Michael Callahan
The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin
The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve
The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
Tiffany Blues by M.J. Rose

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Monday, September 24, 2018


This list is a celebration of Oktoberfest, the annual festival held in Munich Germany during the end of September until the first weekend in October. Munich's Oktoberfest is the largest volksfest, or beer festival and travelling funfair, in the world and has been held annually since 1810. You can learn more about the history of the festival on its Wikipedia page.

Cities around the world, including Evansville!, celebrate their own versions of Oktoberfest as well. Get into the Bavarian spirit with this list of music and books!

Check out a variety of traditional German music on Hoopla where you can stream music for free with your library card!

German Beer Drinking Favourites by The Bavarian Lager Band
German Beer Festival by Bavarian Brass
The Music of Oktoberfest by The Bavarian Oktoberfest Orchestra
Oktoberfest by Fasching Songs
Super Oktoberfest Gaudi by Otto Edner
World's A Stage: Oktoberfest! by The Bavarian Oktoberfest Orchestra
200 Jahre Oktoberfest by Lichtensteiner

Oktoberfest Eats
Try out some traditional German recipes with these cookbooks.

Oktoberfest Cookbook by Julia Skowronek

German Milwaukee: Its History, Its Recipes by Trudy Knauss Paradis

The German Kitchen: Traditional Recipes, Regional Favorites by Christopher Knuth

Spoonfuls of Germany: Culinary Delights of the German Region in 170 Recipes by Nadia Hassani

Books about Beer
Everything you ever wanted to know about the history of beer, different types of beer, and how to go about tasting it.

Beer Lover's Wisconsin by Kathy Flanigan

Beer School: A Crash Course in Craft Beer by Jonny Garret

Lonely Planet's Global Beer Tour 

Miracle Brew: Hops, Barley, Water, Yeast and the Nature of Beer by Pete Brown

Tasting Beer by Randy Mosher

Books about Brewing Beer at Home
Everything you need to know about home brewing. There are books for novices and pros.

Home Brew Beer: A Step-by-Step Guide to Making Your Own Beer by Bob Bridle

Home Brew Beyond the Basics: All-Grain Brewing and Other Next Steps by Mike Karnowski

How to Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Great Beer Every Time by John Palmer

Mastering Homebrew: The Complete Guide to Brewing Delicious Beer by Randy Mosher


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Monday, September 17, 2018

Mars Science Fiction

Mars has long been a topic of interest for humans. Currently, NASA's Mars Exploration Program is working hard to learn more about the red planet. You can stay up to date on their work by visiting their website.

Space exploration meets imagination in this subset of our science fiction collection. Over the years, there have been many science fiction books published that are set on a futurist Mars, or are about humans reaching Mars, or are about alien life on Mars, or one of a million other premises. You're sure to find one that interests you! Here are a few of the Mars inspired science fiction books we have in our collection:

Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson

Red Mars (1992)
Green Mars (1993)
Blue Mars (1996)
The Martians (1999) - A collection of short stories set in the same fictional universe as the original series

Barsoom Series by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Mars Series by Ben Bova

Mars (1992)
Return to Mars (1999)
Mars Life (2008)

Stand Alone Books
Before Mars: a Planetfall Novel by Emma Newman
The Finches of Mars by Brian W. Aldiss
Mars Crossing by Geoffrey Landis
The Martian by Andy Weir
Mars One by Jonathan Maberry
Moving Mars by Greg Bear
Old Mars by George R. R. Martin
Rainbow Mars by Larry Niven
Winning Mars by Jason Stoddard

And if you have any young kids interested in Mars be sure to check out Life on Mars by Jon Agee, a gem of a picture book recently published in 2017.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Museum Day

According to the Smithsonian Magazine, Museum Day is "an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian Magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket." This annual event is held on Saturday, September 22, 2018. You can search for participating museums (including several in Wisconsin) here.

If you can't make it all the way to a Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. or want more information after your museum visit then check out one of these books about museums today!

Smithsonian Field Trip Series

This recently published series will take you on a trip to Washington, D.C. to visit some of the Smithsonian museums.

The National Air and Space Museum by Megan Cooley Peterson
The National Museum of American History by Megan Cooley Peterson
The National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute by Tamra Orr
The National Museum of Natural History by Sally Lee

Welcome to the Museum Series

This series is beautifully illustrated and aims to take you inside the walls of some of the world's best museums. The large size of the picture books allow readers to peruse through the detailed illustrations. There are currently four volumes in the series.

Animalium  by Jenny Bloom
Botanicum by K. J. Wills
Dinosaurium by Lily Murray
Historium  by Jo Nelson

Museums of the World Series

This long running series highlights museums from around the world. A few of the more recent titles published include:

The Lourve by Jennifer Howse
The Smithsonian by Megan Kopp
The Metropolitan Museum of Art by Gregory Joy
The British Museum by Jennifer Howse

The Big Book of... Series by Yuval Zommer

These detail filled books will delight young and old naturalists! Full of facts and interesting illustrations.

The Big Book of Bugs 
The Big Book of Blue
The Big Book of Beasts

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Grandparents Day!

Grandparents Day is celebrated on September 9th. In honor of the day, here are some recommended books for young children featuring grandparents.

Grandma's Purse by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
A little girl is fascinated by the treasures she finds in her Gradma Mimi's purse. A fun and cute story.

I Love Saturdays y domingos by Alma Flor Ada
A sweet story about a young girl who visits her English speaking grandma and grandma on Saturdays and her Spanish-speaking Abuelito and Abuelita on Sundays.

Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo
A little boy from a small town visits his grandmother int he big city. The beautiful illustrations show a vibrant city during the fall season for grandmother and grandson to explore.

Grandpa Green by Lane Smith
A young boy learns about his great grandfather by exploring the topiary garden he designed.

Rain by Sam Usher
Rain keeps a little boy stuck in side, waiting for an adventure with his grandfather. The pair of grandfather and grandson are featured in a series of Sam Usher's books.  It started with Snow, which features granddad and grandson enjoying a snowy day in the park. The story continues in Sun and Storm, both published in 2018.

I Really Want To See You, Grandma by Tar Gomi
Yumi really wants to see her grandmother, but when they both leave home at the same time they keep missing each other.

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal
Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has a long name! When she asks her father about her name she learns about her amazing grandparents who she was named after.

Silas' Seven Grandparents by Anita Horrocks
Silas loves having seven grandparents, but when he is invited to all of their houses he doesn't know how to choose where to go.

The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster
This Caldecott Medal winning books tells the story of the special relationship between a granddaughter and her Nanna and Poppy.

Fireflies for Nathan by Shulamith Levey Oppenhiem
On a visit to his grandparents, Nathan gathers fireflies with his grandparents just like his father did when he was a child. A sweet story that captures the love of a family through multiple generations.